Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Case of Tiffany’s Epiphany by Jim Stevens

Richard Sherlock is a divorced father of two, former cop, now private detective, who is mostly charged with watching – apparently baby-sitting – a 20-something bratty rich girl named Tiffany. When Tiffany passes out after drinking a spiked martini at the bar in the Zanadu club, Sherlock begins a crazy investigation that sometimes makes sense, sometimes includes kidnapping and murder, and ends in a bizarre slightly-Psych-like wrap-up.

The Case of Tiffany’s Epiphany by Jim Stevens has its high points. The beginning is strong and draws you in and then makes you laugh. Humor is woven throughout, mostly provided by the vapid Tiffany. The pacing is mostly well done. But then there are the low points. The whole thing is rather ridiculous and completely unbelievable. Sherlock’s daughters are obnoxious caricatures of cell-phone obsessed teenagers (and while he complains about it, he doesn’t do anything about it). For the first 2/3 of the book every time Sherlock’s cop friends are mentioned – which is often – their nicknames of “Wait” and “No-no” are unnecessarily explained. The wrap-up is overly long. I found my mind drifting because I ended up not caring very much anymore as it went on and on (and wasn’t actually very well explained anyway). The final information comes into play way too fast and doesn’t totally make sense. A couple things seem to be totally forgotten as the book goes on. Tiffany’s Epiphany wasn’t a complete waste of time, but it certainly wasn’t a page-turner either.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2014: 93
Pages Read in 2014: 17,834
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Half Magic by Edward Eager

How often you you start a sentence with “I wish…” and never even realize it? When four child find an ancient amulet that grants wishes – by halves – they soon discover just how often they make silly wishes. Over the course of a week, they get into lots of fun, and sometimes scary, adventures.

Half Magic by Edward Eager is a very cute and fun to read book. It makes an excellent read aloud. A totally enjoyable book for kids and adults alike.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2014: 92
Pages Read in 2014: 17,590
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Adventures of Don Quixote by Argentina Palacios

Adventures of Don Quixoteby Argentina Palacios is a short adaptation designed for children. It is well done and includes most of the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Pancha in an easy to understand format for elementary schoolers. It’s a great introduction that will hopefully make kids want to read the real thing when they are a little older.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2014: 88
Pages Read in 2014: 17,168
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